- Americans are very friendly and helpful.
- They don't make you feel like a foreigner (though you feel!!!)
- It's very easy to adjust with them. But they don't like people getting inquisitive or trying to get too personal in the initial phase of the acquaintance.
- They dress casually and nobody bothers which dress you wear, etc.
- They are fun-loving creatures and enjoy their free time. They look forward to weekends and plan their weekend activities in advance.
- They are frank about their opinions.
- They respect individual views and allow everyone to speak their own ideas on a subject.
- They have a lot of patience. Especially when standing in line or while driving, nobody will try to jump before you in line. Most of them are very disciplined drivers. However this differs from State to State.
- If they happen to come in your way or you happen to come in theirs, you will promptly hear an "Excuse me."
- They need a lot of feedback while talking. You have to acknowledge/nod continuously. Otherwise they feel you are not interested in listening or are confused.
- They gesure a lot and shoot some funny (or so it seems initially) phrases at you. It's a matter of "getting used to it."
- They are very "proud" of their country. For them the universe is the United States. So never ever make fun or speak lightly about them or tell them they do not have any social/cultural background. You will not make more American friends that way.
- Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
What the Other Half Thinks
In skimming through one of the English language textbooks at my high school, I found this lovely little piece about American culture, written as an introduction for Indonesian students studying there. Without further ado, "Tips For Newcomers to the U.S.A.":